About Love By Anton Chekhov Story Analysis With Summary And Theme (2022)

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About Love By Anton Chekhov Story Analysis With Summary And Theme (1)

About Love

AT lunch next day there were very nice pies, crayfish, and mutton cutlets; and while we were eating, Nikanor, the cook, came up to ask what the visitors would like for dinner. He was a man of medium height, with a puffy face and little eyes; he was close-shaven, and it looked as though his moustaches had not been shaved, but had been pulled out by the roots. Alehin told us that the beautiful Pelagea was in love with this cook. As he drank and was of a violent character, she did not want to marry him, but was willing to live with him without. He was very devout, and his religious convictions would not allow him to “live in sin”; he insisted on her marrying him, and would consent to nothing else, and when he was drunk he used to abuse her and even beat her. Whenever he got drunk she used to hide upstairs and sob, and on such occasions Alehin and the servants stayed in the house to be ready to defend her in case of necessity.

We began talking about love.

“How love is born,” said Alehin, “why Pelagea does not love somebody more like herself in her spiritual and external qualities, and why she fell in love with Nikanor, that ugly snout — we all call him ‘The Snout’ — how far questions of personal happiness are of consequence in love — all that is known; one can take what view one likes of it. So far only one incontestable truth has been uttered about love: ‘This is a great mystery.’ Everything else that has been written or said about love is not a conclusion, but only a statement of questions which have remained unanswered. The explanation which would seem to fit one case does not apply in a dozen others, and the very best thing, to my mind, would be to explain every case individually without attempting to generalize. We ought, as the doctors say, to individualize each case.”

“Perfectly true,” Burkin assented.

“We Russians of the educated class have a partiality for these questions that remain unanswered. Love is usually poeticized, decorated with roses, nightingales; we Russians decorate our loves with these momentous questions, and select the most uninteresting of them, too. In Moscow, when I was a student, I had a friend who shared my life, a charming lady, and every time I took her in my arms she was thinking what I would allow her a month for housekeeping and what was the price of beef a pound. In the same way, when we are in love we are never tired of asking ourselves questions: whether it is honorable or dishonorable, sensible or stupid, what this love is leading up to, and so on. Whether it is a good thing or not I don’t know, but that it is in the way, unsatisfactory, and irritating, I do know.”

It looked as though he wanted to tell some story. People who lead a solitary existence always have something in their hearts which they are eager to talk about. In town bachelors visit the baths and the restaurants on purpose to talk, and sometimes tell the most interesting things to bath attendants and waiters; in the country, as a rule, they unbosom themselves to their guests. Now from the window we could see a grey sky, trees drenched in the rain; in such weather we could go nowhere, and there was nothing for us to do but to tell stories and to listen.

“I have lived at Sofino and been farming for a long time,” Alehin began, “ever since I left the University. I am an idle gentleman by education, a studious person by disposition; but there was a big debt owing on the estate when I came here, and as my father was in debt partly because he had spent so much on my education, I resolved not to go away, but to work till I paid off the debt. I made up my mind to this and set to work, not, I must confess, without some repugnance. The land here does not yield much, and if one is not to farm at a loss one must employ serf labour or hired labourers, which is almost the same thing, or put it on a peasant footing — that is, work the fields oneself and with one’s family. There is no middle path. But in those days I did not go into such subtleties. I did not leave a clod of earth unturned; I gathered together all the peasants, men and women, from the neighbouring villages; the work went on at a tremendous pace. I myself ploughed and sowed and reaped, and was bored doing it, and frowned with disgust, like a village cat driven by hunger to eat cucumbers in the kitchen-garden. My body ached, and I slept as I walked. At first it seemed to me that I could easily reconcile this life of toil with my cultured habits; to do so, I thought, all that is necessary is to maintain a certain external order in life. I established myself upstairs here in the best rooms, and ordered them to bring me there coffee and liquor after lunch and dinner, and when I went to bed I read every night the Yyesnik Evropi. But one day our priest, Father Ivan, came and drank up all my liquor at one sitting; and the Yyesnik Evropi went to the priest’s daughters; as in the summer, especially at the haymaking, I did not succeed in getting to my bed at all, and slept in the sledge in the barn, or somewhere in the forester’s lodge, what chance was there of reading? Little by little I moved downstairs, began dining in the servants’ kitchen, and of my former luxury nothing is left but the servants who were in my father’s service, and whom it would be painful to turn away.

“In the first years I was elected here an honourary justice of the peace. I used to have to go to the town and take part in the sessions of the congress and of the circuit court, and this was a pleasant change for me. When you live here for two or three months without a break, especially in the winter, you begin at last to pine for a black coat. And in the circuit court there were frock-coats, and uniforms, and dress-coats, too, all lawyers, men who have received a general education; I had some one to talk to. After sleeping in the sledge and dining in the kitchen, to sit in an arm-chair in clean linen, in thin boots, with a chain on one’s waistcoat, is such luxury!

“I received a warm welcome in the town. I made friends eagerly. And of all my acquaintanceships the most intimate and, to tell the truth, the most agreeable to me was my acquaintance with Luganovitch, the vice-president of the circuit court. You both know him: a most charming personality. It all happened just after a celebrated case of incendiarism; the preliminary investigation lasted two days; we were exhausted. Luganovitch looked at me and said:

” ‘Look here, come round to dinner with me.’

“This was unexpected, as I knew Luganovitch very little, only officially, and I had never been to his house. I only just went to my hotel room to change and went off to dinner. And here it was my lot to meet Anna Alexyevna, Luganovitch’s wife. At that time she was still very young, not more than twenty-two, and her first baby had been born just six months before. It is all a thing of the past; and now I should find it difficult to define what there was so exceptional in her, what it was in her attracted me so much; at the time, at dinner, it was all perfectly clear to me. I saw a lovely young, good, intelligent, fascinating woman, such as I had never met before; and I felt her at once some one close and already familiar, as though that face, those cordial, intelligent eyes, I had seen somewhere in my childhood, in the album which lay on my mother’s chest of drawers.

“Four Jews were charged with being incendiaries, were regarded as a gang of robbers, and, to my mind, quite groundlessly. At dinner I was very much excited, I was uncomfortable, and I don’t know what I said, but Anna Alexyevna kept shaking her head and saying to her husband:

” ‘Dmitry, how is this?’

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“Luganovitch is a good-natured man, one of those simple-hearted people who firmly maintain the opinion that once a man is charged before a court he is guilty, and to express doubt of the correctness of a sentence cannot be done except in legal form on paper, and not at dinner and in private conversation.

” ‘You and I did not set fire to the place,’ he said softly, ‘and you see we are not condemned, and not in prison.’

“And both husband and wife tried to make me eat and drink as much as possible. From some trifling details, from the way they made the coffee together, for instance, and from the way they understood each other at half a word, I could gather that they lived in harmony and comfort, and that they were glad of a visitor. After dinner they played a duet on the piano; then it got dark, and I went home. That was at the beginning of spring.

“After that I spent the whole summer at Sofino without a break, and I had no time to think of the town, either, but the memory of the graceful fair-haired woman remained in my mind all those days; I did not think of her, but it was as though her light shadow were lying on my heart.

“In the late autumn there was a theatrical performance for some charitable object in the town. I went into the governor’s box (I was invited to go there in the interval); I looked, and there was Anna Alexyevna sitting beside the governor’s wife; and again the same irresistible, thrilling impression of beauty and sweet, caressing eyes, and again the same feeling of nearness. We sat side by side, then went to the foyer.

” ‘You’ve grown thinner,’ she said; ‘have you been ill?’

” ‘Yes, I’ve had rheumatism in my shoulder, and in rainy weather I can’t sleep.’

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” ‘You look dispirited. In the spring, when you came to dinner, you were younger, more confident. You were full of eagerness, and talked a great deal then; you were very interesting, and I really must confess I was a little carried away by you. For some reason you often came back to my memory during the summer, and when I was getting ready for the theatre today I thought I should see you.’

“And she laughed.

” ‘But you look dispirited today,’ she repeated; ‘it makes you seem older.’

“The next day I lunched at the Luganovitchs’. After lunch they drove out to their summer villa, in order to make arrangements there for the winter, and I went with them. I returned with them to the town, and at midnight drank tea with them in quiet domestic surroundings, while the fire glowed, and the young mother kept going to see if her baby girl was asleep. And after that, every time I went to town I never failed to visit the Luganovitchs. They grew used to me, and I grew used to them. As a rule I went in unannounced, as though I were one of the family.

” ‘Who is there?’ I would hear from a faraway room, in the drawling voice that seemed to me so lovely.

” ‘It is Pavel Konstantinovitch,’ answered the maid or the nurse.

“Anna Alexyevna would come out to me with an anxious face, and would ask every time:

” ‘Why is it so long since you have been? Has anything happened?’

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“Her eyes, the elegant refined hand she gave me, her indoor dress, the way she did her hair, her voice, her step, always produced the same impression on me of something new and extraordinary in my life, and very important. We talked together for hours, were silent, thinking each our own thoughts, or she played for hours to me on the piano. If there were no one at home I stayed and waited, talked to the nurse, played with the child, or lay on the sofa in the study and read; and when Anna Alexyevna came back I met her in the hall, took all her parcels from her, and for some reason I carried those parcels every time with as much love, with as much solemnity, as a boy.

“There is a proverb that if a peasant woman has no troubles she will buy a pig. The Luganovitchs had no troubles, so they made friends with me. If I did not come to the town I must be ill or something must have happened to me, and both of them were extremely anxious. They were worried that I, an educated man with a knowledge of languages, should, instead of devoting myself to science or literary work, live in the country, rush round like a squirrel in a rage, work hard with never a penny to show for it. They fancied that I was unhappy, and that I only talked, laughed, and ate to conceal my sufferings, and even at cheerful moments when I felt happy I was aware of their searching eyes fixed upon me. They were particularly touching when I really was depressed, when I was being worried by some creditor or had not money enough to pay interest on the proper day. The two of them, husband and wife, would whisper together at the window; then he would come to me and say with a grave face:

” ‘If you really are in need of money at the moment, Pavel Konstantinovitch, my wife and I beg you not to hesitate to borrow from us.’

“And he would blush to his ears with emotion. And it would happen that, after whispering in the same way at the window, he would come up to me, with red ears, and say:

” ‘My wife and I earnestly beg you to accept this present.’

“And he would give me studs, a cigar-case, or a lamp, and I would send them game, butter, and flowers from the country. They both, by the way, had considerable means of their own. In early days I often borrowed money, and was not very particular about it — borrowed wherever I could — but nothing in the world would have induced me to borrow from the Luganovitchs. But why talk of it?

“I was unhappy. At home, in the fields, in the barn, I thought of her; I tried to understand the mystery of a beautiful, intelligent young woman’s marrying some one so uninteresting, almost an old man (her husband was over forty), and having children by him; to understand the mystery of this uninteresting, good, simple-hearted man, who argued with such wearisome good sense, at balls and evening parties kept near the more solid people, looking listless and superfluous, with a submissive, uninterested expression, as though he had been brought there for sale, who yet believed in his right to be happy, to have children by her; and I kept trying to understand why she had met him first and not me, and why such a terrible mistake in our lives need have happened.

“And when I went to the town I saw every time from her eyes that she was expecting me, and she would confess to me herself that she had had a peculiar feeling all that day and had guessed that I should come. We talked a long time, and were silent, yet we did not confess our love to each other, but timidly and jealously concealed it. We were afraid of everything that might reveal our secret to ourselves. I loved her tenderly, deeply, but I reflected and kept asking myself what our love could lead to if we had not the strength to fight against it. It seemed to be incredible that my gentle, sad love could all at once coarsely break up the even tenor of the life of her husband, her children, and all the household in which I was so loved and trusted. Would it be honourable? She would go away with me, but where? Where could I take her? It would have been a different matter if I had had a beautiful, interesting life — if, for instance, I had been struggling for the emancipation of my country, or had been a celebrated man of science, an artist or a painter; but as it was it would mean taking her from one everyday humdrum life to another as humdrum or perhaps more so. And how long would our happiness last? What would happen to her in case I was ill, in case I died, or if we simply grew cold to one another?

“And she apparently reasoned in the same way. She thought of her husband, her children, and of her mother, who loved the husband like a son. If she abandoned herself to her feelings she would have to lie, or else to tell the truth, and in her position either would have been equally terrible and inconvenient. And she was tormented by the question whether her love would bring me happiness — would she not complicate my life, which, as it was, was hard enough and full of all sorts of trouble? She fancied she was not young enough for me, that she was not industrious nor energetic enough to begin a new life, and she often talked to her husband of the importance of my marrying a girl of intelligence and merit who would be a capable housewife and a help to me — and she would immediately add that it would be difficult to find such a girl in the whole town.

“Meanwhile the years were passing. Anna Alexyevna already had two children. When I arrived at the Luganovitchs’ the servants smiled cordially, the children shouted that Uncle Pavel Konstantinovitch had come, and hung on my neck; every one was overjoyed. They did not understand what was passing in my soul, and thought that I, too, was happy. Every one looked on me as a noble being. And grown-ups and children alike felt that a noble being was walking about their rooms, and that gave a peculiar charm to their manner towards me, as though in my presence their life, too, was purer and more beautiful. Anna Alexyevna and I used to go to the theatre together, always walking there; we used to sit side by side in the stalls, our shoulders touching. I would take the opera-glass from her hands without a word, and feel at that minute that she was near me, that she was mine, that we could not live without each other; but by some strange misunderstanding, when we came out of the theatre we always said good-bye and parted as though we were strangers. Goodness knows what people were saying about us in the town already, but there was not a word of truth in it all!

“In the latter years Anna Alexyevna took to going away for frequent visits to her mother or to her sister; she began to suffer from low spirits, she began to recognize that her life was spoilt and unsatisfied, and at times she did not care to see her husband nor her children. She was already being treated for neurasthenia.

“We were silent and still silent, and in the presence of outsiders she displayed a strange irritation in regard to me; whatever I talked about, she disagreed with me, and if I had an argument she sided with my opponent. If I dropped anything, she would say coldly:

” ‘I congratulate you.’

“If I forgot to take the opera-glass when we were going to the theatre, she would say afterwards:

” ‘I knew you would forget it.’

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“Luckily or unluckily, there is nothing in our lives that does not end sooner or later. The time of parting came, as Luganovitch was appointed president in one of the western provinces. They had to sell their furniture, their horses, their summer villa. When they drove out to the villa, and afterwards looked back as they were going away, to look for the last time at the garden, at the green roof, every one was sad, and I realized that I had to say goodbye not only to the villa. It was arranged that at the end of August we should see Anna Alexyevna off to the Crimea, where the doctors were sending her, and that a little later Luganovitch and the children would set off for the western province.

“We were a great crowd to see Anna Alexyevna off. When she had said good-bye to her husband and her children and there was only a minute left before the third bell, I ran into her compartment to put a basket, which she had almost forgotten, on the rack, and I had to say good-bye. When our eyes met in the compartment our spiritual fortitude deserted us both; I took her in my arms, she pressed her face to my breast, and tears flowed from her eyes. Kissing her face, her shoulders, her hands wet with tears — oh, how unhappy we were! — I confessed my love for her, and with a burning pain in my heart I realized how unnecessary, how petty, and how deceptive all that had hindered us from loving was. I understood that when you love you must either, in your reasonings about that love, start from what is highest, from what is more important than happiness or unhappiness, sin or virtue in their accepted meaning, or you must not reason at all.

“I kissed her for the last time, pressed her hand, and parted for ever. The train had already started. I went into the next compartment — it was empty — and until I reached the next station I sat there crying. Then I walked home to Sofino. . . .”

While Alehin was telling his story, the rain left off and the sun came out. Burkin and Ivan Ivanovitch went out on the balcony, from which there was a beautiful view over the garden and the mill-pond, which was shining now in the sunshine like a mirror. They admired it, and at the same time they were sorry that this man with the kind, clever eyes, who had told them this story with such genuine feeling, should be rushing round and round this huge estate like a squirrel on a wheel instead of devoting himself to science or something else which would have made his life more pleasant; and they thought what a sorrowful face Anna Alexyevna must have had when he said good-bye to her in the railway-carriage and kissed her face and shoulders. Both of them had met her in the town, and Burkin knew her and thought her beautiful.

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About Love By Anton Chekhov Story Analysis

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TitleAbout Love
AuthorAnton Chekhov
Publication DateAugust 1898
SettingThe story, About love by Anton Chekhov, is set in Russia, both the village where Alehin lived and frequently visiting the town.
ThemeThe themes of connection, honor, grief, letting go, acceptance, and love are explored in Anton Chekhov’s short story About Love.
GenreShort story
Moral LessonThe moral lesson we may take from Anton Chekhov’s short story About Love is that love varies from person to person and situation to situation.
CharactersAlehin (Pavel Konstantinovich), Nikanor, Pelagea, Burkin, Ivan Ivanych, Luganovich, and Anna Alexyevna
SummaryIn summary of Anton Chekhov’s About Love,” two friends who were caught at a storm while out walking seek refuge in the country home of a third friend. They spend the night, and their host, Alehin, tells them a story about his lost love during lunch the next day. He appears to have worked closely with Luganovitch, the vice-president of the circuit court, when he was younger, and he made close friends with Luganovitch and his lovely wife Anna Alexyevna.

Alehin and Anna spent a lot of time together over the years; he grew madly in love with her and was certain that she felt the same way. Despite this, they never followed through on their desire. After many years, Alehin finally grabbed Anna into his arms and declared his love as she boarded a train to join her husband, who had been moved to a faraway area. They sobbed uncontrollably. But the train had already left: “I kissed her one final time, pressed her hand, and parted forever.”

About Love By Anton Chekhov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Jan 29, 1860 – Jul 15, 1904) was a Russian surgeon who was also a worldrenowned short story and playwright. He was the third kid of six. Chekhov is regarded as a prototypical author of the Realism genre. Chekhov’s works, particularly Vanka, The Steppe, and Sleepy, all deal with the issue of child-family separation.

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Chekhov joined his family in Moscow in 1879 to study medicine. During his studies at Moscow State University, he wrote and sold many humorous stories and vignettes of contemporary Russian life. By the age of 26, he had published over 400 short tales, drawings, and vignettes.

In a trilogy called “The Little Trilogy,” Chekhov puts together three short stories that are some of his best known. The three short stories are: The Man in a Case, Gooseberries, and About Love in that order. The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard were also written during this time. Outstandingly funny and lively, they disprove the myth that the author was pessimistic. This was a common belief during the author’s lifetime. Even though Chekhov is best known for his plays, some critics say that his stories, especially those written after 1888, are even more important and creative.

About Love By Anton Chekhov Theme

The themes of connection, honor, grief, letting go, acceptance, and love are explored in Anton Chekhov’s short story About Love.

About Love By Anton Chekhov Genre

About Love by Anton Chekhov, 1898, belongs to the genre short story. Anton Chekhov is regarded as one of the finest short story writers of all time. Many writers have shared this clear assessment of Chekhov’s greatness. Chekhov is regarded as a leading figure in the Realism genre.

The story of Anton Chekhov’s ‘About Love’ is told through the eyes of Paval Konstantinovich alias Alehin, the protagonist. Chekhov’s poetic short story is enigmatic and delicate, and captures modernist spirits.

About Love By Anton Chekhov Moral Lesson

The moral lesson we may take from Anton Chekhov’s short story About Love is that love varies from person to person and situation to situation.

About Love By Anton Chekhov Characters

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Here are the characters in the short story About Love by Anton Chekhov.

  1. Alehin (Pavel Konstantinovich)

    The narrator and the main character of the story. He tells his friends, Burkin and Ivan Ivanych, about his life, his love for Anna, and everything else. Many years ago, he moved from Moscow to his hometown of Sofino. He now works on a farm there.

  2. Nikanor

    He is a cook at Alehin’s, and he does that job. Because he loves Pelagea, The man wants to marry her because he is religious. She wants to live together without getting married. After he drinks, he always beats her.

  3. Pelagea

    The female servant of Alehin. As for Nikanor, she is in love with him, too. She wants to live with him without getting married. When Nikanor is drunk, he beats her up all the time.

  4. Burkin

    A high school teacher who is good friends with Alehin, as well. He’s listening to Alehin’s story, which he is hearing.

  5. Ivan Ivanych

    A veterinary doctor who is friends with Alehin. He’s listening to Alehin’s story, which he is hearing.

  6. Luganovich

    Vice President of the Circuit Court. Alehin is a friend of the vice president. During their work in court, they become friends. He is the husband of Anna Alexyevna, and she is his wife.

  7. Anna Alexyevna

    Wife of Luganovich. She falls in love with Alehin and vice versa, but they don’t tell each other how they feel about one another. It turns out that she has a mental illness, and in the end, she goes to Crimea to get help for it.

About Love By Anton Chekhov Summary

In summary of Anton Chekhov's "About Love," two friends who were caught at a storm while out walking seek refuge in the country home of a third friend. They spend the night, and their host, Alehin, tells them a story about his lost love during lunch the next day. He appears to have worked closely with Luganovitch, the vice-president of the circuit court, when he was younger, and he made close friends with Luganovitch and his lovely wife Anna Alexyevna.

Alehin and Anna spent a lot of time together over the years; he grew madly in love with her and was certain that she felt the same way. Despite this, they never followed through on their desire. After many years, Alehin finally grabbed Anna into his arms and declared his love as she boarded a train to join her husband, who had been moved to a faraway area. They sobbed uncontrollably. But the train had already left: "I kissed her one final time, pressed her hand, and parted forever."

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This short story, called “About Love is written by Anton Chekhov. In the summary and analysis, the primary narrative is told in the first person by a man named Alehin, and after reading it, the reader realizes that Chekhov may be addressing the idea of connection.

Based on About Love By Anton Chekhov Short Story Analysis With Summary, Characters, three anecdotes were offered in the story to demonstrate that love is always unique. It is a very personal subject and an unsolved enigma. It is not generalizable.


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Theme | Frustrated Dreams And Unfulfilled Expectations

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How was Alyohin the narrator of the story received in Luganoviches family about love? ›

Alyohin said the beauty of Anna didn't match with her husband Luganovich. He said that he had loved her tenderly, deeply, but he had reflected and kept asking himself what their love could lead to if they did not have the strength to fight against it.

How does Alyohin define love about love? ›

Alyohin defined love as a mysterious thing beyond all types of social limitations in About Love. Alyohin presented three love stories to define the meaning of love. Love story between Nikanor and Pelageya justified that love is possible between too much unmatchable persons having totally different life ideologies.

What is love explain in detail? ›

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Answer: In “About Love” three kinds of love experiences are suggested by Alyohin. The first love story is between Nikanor, a cook and Pelageya, a housemaid. Their love is sensual (Physical), often violent.

What is love in simple language? ›

Definition of love

(Entry 1 of 2) 1a(1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child. (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers After all these years, they are still very much in love.

The writer has included three different love experiences to justify love as a great mystery.. Alyohin narrates the stories to his guest Burkin and Ivanych.. The story begins with the narration of a violent and sensual love affair between a cook, Nikanor and beautiful women servant, Pelageya.. Reflecting on the love affair between Nikanor and Pelageya, Alyohin defines love as a great mystery behind any completed final definition.. After a brief description of bachelors of both in the town and countryside and the atmosphere, Alyohin begins to tell his guest another love experience of his own with a married woman.. After being graduated from university, Alyohin returned to the farm of his father located in Sofyino.. However, he was haunted by the memory of Anna Alexeyevna all the times. At the show, he met Anna Alexeyevna once again.. This setting signifies physical and mental imprisonment in the life of Alyohin.. He was imprisoned on the farm of his father physically and mentally imprisoned by the memory of Anna.

Though like Anna he too intensely loves her, he cannot. express his love to her.. At the final hour, he expresses his love but it is too. late and returns Sofyino with heavy heart.. Anna,. her husband Luganovich, and Alyohin’s. friends Burkin and Ivan compare Alyohin with a squirrel in a cage.. In a sense, cloudy sky and clear. sky can be compared with Alyohin’s mental state before and after he tells his. past experiences.. Luganovich. is one of the important characters in Alyohin’s narrative of his relationship. with Anna Alexeyevna.. Both love each other.. This love is. money-centered love.. Third. Love Story is about pure and spiritual love between Alyohin and Anna. Alexeyevna.

Chekhov’s fiction departs from the formulaic, heavily plotted story to mirror Russian life authentically, concentrating on characters in very ordinary circumstances that often seem devoid of conflict.. By 1886, Chekhov had begun to receive encouragement from the Russian literati, notably Dmitrí Grigorovich, who, in an important unsolicited letter, warned Chekhov not to waste his talents on potboilers.. Another long work, “Skuchnaia istoriia” (“A Boring Story”), shifts Chekhov’s character focus away from a youth first encountering misery in the world to an old man, Nikolai Stepanovich, who, near the end of life, finally begins to realize its stupefying emptiness.. One notes in “A Boring Story” Chekhov’s fascination with the fact that conversation may not ensure communication, and his treatment of that reality becomes a signatory motif in Chekhov’s later works, including his plays.. “Duel” (“The Duel”), a long story, is representative of Chekhov’s most mature work.. Although the contemporary reader of Chekhov’s fiction might find that pervasive, heavy atmosphere difficult to fathom, particularly in a comic perspective, no one can doubt Chekhov’s mastery of mood.. Miscellaneous: The Works of Anton Chekhov, 1929; Polnoye sobraniye sochineniy i pisem A. P. Chekhova, 1944-1951 (20 volumes); The Portable Chekhov, 1947; The Oxford Chekhov, 1964-1980 (9 volumes).

Misery by Anton Chekhov is one of the most famous works of the author and one of the saddest short stories written in the twentieth century.. The title of the story does justice to the theme of the story, which is of loneliness, misery, and the need to communicate one’s feelings.. The analysis essay on Anton Chekhov’s story demonstrates that, while Iona is continuously trying to share his grief with someone, anyone at all, but no one seems to care.. When will he get us there?” (Chekhov).. The brutality of the world is revealed through the passengers that Iona drives around.. The author describes the extent of his misery when he writes that “If Iona’s heart were to burst and his misery to flow out, it would flood the whole world, it seems, but yet it is not seen” (Chekhov).. The ending of the story is rather sad because Iona fails to find even a single human being to share his grief and has to settle with an animal, which is a symbol of his loneliness.. Though Iona is relieved to be able to talk to someone finally, the fact remains that it is an animal with which Iona shares his feelings and not a human being who can understand the grief and respond to it.. Even though Iona feels better, the reader is left upset.. The theme of “Misery” by Anton Chekhov of misery, as the title suggests it, and loneliness.. The saddest part of the story is that people continue to ignore even after he tells them that his son has died.. Lawrence Jay Dessner describes the end of the story as a “ kind of pathetic relief ” and “a horrifying and heartbreaking revelation” (Dessner).. As the analysis of “Misery” by Anton Chekhov shows, he does it because he could not find a person even after trying so hard.

A father finally arranges for his eldest son to marry and chooses a poor, but innocent and gold young woman.. She falls in love with a third man, but when he returns to his, the young woman is happy to find employment and a full house by taking care of the couple’s son.. “A Letter to a Learned Person”. The story gains its full power from what is not made clear and becomes another case of irony as the subject of capital punishment which stimulated the bet play no part in the narrative.. During the opening night performance of the circus, when the dog appears onstage, she hears her old master shouting her old name and they reunited with the entire experience of her separation coming to seem like a dream.. A poor young patient gives a bronze statue in lieu of payment to a doctor.. The nude statue is determined in appropriate for display by the woman so he gives it away to an acquaintance and the statue proceeds to be passed from one person to another until wins up back in the hands of the student who believe he has found the matching pair to the statue he originally gave to the doctor.. “The Night Before the Trial”. A man posing as a doctor write prescription for a woman and accepts payment from the husband as he is about to be put on trial for bigamy.. Yakov notices that his wife suddenly seems to look happier shortly after learning the news that she dying.. Just before his down death shortly afterward, Yakov—filled with regret over having taken his wife for granted and not treating her more kindly—finally remembers the baby.. He also reconciles with another member of the orchestra—the flutist Rothschild whom he had inexplicably become abusive toward—after playing his fiddle one last time.. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community.

Chekhov | © Unknown/WikiCommons. In The Black Monk, Kovrin’s physical suffering from tuberculosis finds roots in deeper mental illness.. His works deal with changing ideals and their impact on life of characters.. A majority of Chekhov’s characters express some sort of emotion towards the landscape that surrounds them.. The choices of food and drink also cue the reader to the character’s view of society at large.

Formatted as a private autobiographical account, Anton Chekhov ’s “A Boring Story” is the story of an elderly and illustrious medical professor named Nikolai Stepanovich.. Added to this are Nikolai Stepanovich’s wife, an “old, very stout, ungainly woman, with her dull expression of petty anxiety,” (I) and Nikolai Stepanovich’s daughter, who is being courted by a foppish, suspicious fellow named Gnekker.. He also travels to Gnekker’s hometown, Harkov, to see what he can learn about his daughter’s suitor.. Chekhov’s Life in Medicine: Like Nikolai Stepanovich, Chekhov himself was a medical practitioner.. Yet “A Boring Story” appeared in 1889, when Chekhov was only 29 years old.. There are times when Nikolai Stepanovich, surveying his life, finally arrives at a state of resignation, paralysis, and perhaps incomprehension.. Boredom, Paralysis, Self-Consciousness: “A Boring Story” sets itself the paradoxical task of holding a reader’s attention using an admittedly “boring” narrative.. Yet Nikolai Stepanovich’s longwindedness also helps us to understand the tragicomic side of this character.. The elderly professor looks back longingly on his early, affectionate relationships with his wife and daughter.. His affection for Katya is a particular point of contention since his wife and daughter both “hate Katya.. How well do Chekhov’s statements explain the way “A Boring Story” works?. Did your feelings toward this character change as the story went along, or does it seem that “A Boring Story” is designed to evoke a single, consistent response?. 4) Is the character of Nikolai Stepanovich realistic, exaggerated, or a little of both?

3Clearly, Carver felt great admiration for Chekhov and invited Chekhov's artistic influence; however, when asked if he uses other writers' stories as a model for his own, Carver answers:. Although strong similarities between Chekhov's and Carver's fiction contradict the above quote, these similarities support many other statements Carver makes about Chekhov's influence.. 6Examples of more specific ways Carver both builds on and departs from Chekhov's influence can be illustrated by comparing Chekhov's well known Little Trilogy with the title story from What We Talk About When We Talk About Love , a collection representative of techniques and themes Carver consistently uses throughout his career.. As in Chekhov's trilogy, Carver's story is a frame story: Nick narrates the overall story, repeating tales told by Mel.. In both What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and the stories in the Little Trilogy at least two beginnings and two endings emerge--the beginnings and endings of the frame stories, the stories Chekhov and Carver portray through narrators, and the narrative propers, the tales characters tell.. Nick says, "We somehow got on the subject of love" (137); Chekhov's narrator says, "We began talking about love" (380).. 9Ivan Ivanovitch narrates the beginning of About Love , but an omniscient narrator narrates the ending of the story.. In Carver's story Nick narrates the story in the first person, but Mel narrates his stories in both third and first person, techniques similar to narrative devices in Gooseberries , where Ivan Ivanovitch tells the story of his brother Nikolay in the third person but interjects narrative intrusions in the first person.. Mel and Terri discuss Terri's first marriage, Ivan Ivanovitch summarizes Alehin's tale about Pelagea and Nikanor, and the omniscient narrator of The Man in a Case explains that Burkin and Ivan Ivanovitch discuss Mavra's self-seclusion.. 12Before beginning his primary tale, Alehin says, "How love is born... how far questions of personal happiness are of consequence in love--all that is unknown.... 15Although when Alehin finishes his tale, Chekhov's narrator immediately resumes, in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love , The Man in a Case , and Gooseberries the storytellers end their tales with narrative evaluations that announce implications of their stories.. If that's love, you can have it" (142).. 18After Ivan Ivanovitch finishes discussing his brother, he returns to his earlier proclamations that his tale really concerns himself.. Digressing from his tale about the elderly couple, Mel says if he could choose a different life in a different place and time, he would like to be a medieval knight.. 33It is appropriate to claim that Carver is representative of a short story tradition that began with Chekhov and was developed first in America by Hemingway, another writer Carver admired and often mentioned as a strong literary influence.

Chekhov, it turns out, had a great many affairs, some enduring several years, and most of the women involved with him for any length of time wanted to marry him.. I was curious to know if any precise tally of his lovers had ever been made and, not finding one, I asked Donald Rayfield, author of Anton Chekhov: a Life (indubitably the best biography of Chekhov ever written), to try to draw up as accurate a list of names as possible.. The effect of identifying the women in Chekhov's life is powerfully revelatory: his love affairs become suddenly more real and a different Chekhov emerges.. My own interest in Chekhov's love affairs was stimulated by a particular short story Chekhov wrote, called "A Visit to Friends".. It's a great, mature short story – containing, among other things, the germ of The Cherry Orchard in just over a dozen pages – but, mystifyingly, Chekhov didn't include it in his collected works and it is consequently the least translated of the great stories of the last decade of his life.. Kolia, like Chekhov, is someone women find very attractive and again, like Chekhov, Kolia finds it emotionally impossible to commit to marriage or even an enduring relationship.. I wonder if Chekhov suppressed this story because he sensed that the many women in his life would recognise in Podgorin something familiar – the charting of a faltering emotional course known all too well to them, and might see it almost as a kind of explanation or apology, if not a confession.. Chekhov loved women and their company – and he clearly loved making love to them, as the number of his sexual liaisons demonstrates – but in all his relationships he began to cool and draw away, just as they were reaching a point of amatory heat that implied something more lasting and intense.. Character is destiny, they say, and perhaps Suvorin saw in Chekhov's character his mighty resolve and dedication to the Chekhov project.. It was not a particularly happy marriage – they spent huge tracts of time apart: Olga needed to be in Moscow for her stage career while Chekhov's failing health required him to stay in the warm south – and there is strong evidence that Olga had affairs with other men while Chekhov languished in Yalta.

It is due to the fact that Belikov is a man who lived in a shell so he cannot step out to see the light; the real state of affairs of reality and the true nature of things.. Belikov Belikov is a teacher of Greek Language at a school and is bachelor.. Two men (Burkin and Ivan Ivanovich) are lodged for the night in a barn and swapping stories; Burkin tells Belikov’s tale as an example of people “who try to retreat into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.” At the end of the tale, the two friends look at the moon and breathe the night air, realizing that their life in town, with all its restrictions and compromises, is much like being in a shell or a case.. Chekhov’s “ The Man Who Lived in a Shell ” – told by a third person narrator- is a short story that from my standpoint talks about the idea above.. As Belikov is ridiculed and hated by Varenka and his brother Kovalenko and under the influence on the criticism of both, Belikov falls ill and expires after one month.

The Cherry Orchard was the last play Anton Chekhov wrote before his untimely death, in 1904.. Clearly further analysis of the play’s structure and style is necessary, in order to understand what makes The Cherry Orchard such a powerful piece of drama.. She is told by the merchant Lopahin, an old friend of the family who was once looked after by Madame Ranevskaya, that she will have to sell the cherry orchard on her estate in order to pay off her debts.. A tutor named Petya Trofimov arrives, and we learn that Trofimov tutored Ranevskaya’s son Grisha, who drowned five years ago, not long after his father, Ranevskaya’s husband, died.. The second act of The Cherry Orchard takes place in some fields lying outside of the estate.. Trofimov argues with Ranevskaya, who rejects his idea that he should give up the cherry orchard: it has too much importance for her family’s history.. The Cherry Orchard : analysis. The Cherry Orchard has been called the first great Expressionist play, because Chekhov sometimes uses exaggeration for symbolic effect: as Michael Pennington and Stephen Unwin point out in their analysis of the play in A Pocket Guide to Ibsen, Chekhov and Strindberg , the size of the cherry orchard is too great for such a place actually to exist.. Lopahin seems genuinely to want to help his old friend and one-time mother-figure to keep the cherry orchard, and is exasperated when she fails to heed his advice (though he still cheerily snaps up the orchard at the ensuing auction, outbidding Gaev’s meagre sum).. And Ranevskaya herself, who could easily provoke ridicule for sentimentally clinging to her childhood home and living beyond her means in Paris, and for failing to ignore the practicalities of economy (the word, we should remember, literally comes from the ancient Greek meaning ‘management of the house’), is someone who also invites our sympathy, not least because of the family tragedies that precipitated her flight to Paris in the first place.. By the same token, Ranevskaya, for all her attachment to the house and the cherry orchard, nevertheless leaves it at the end having forgotten Firs, her loyal servant, leaving him behind on his own.

This story is written in times of social crisis in Russia.. Pelagea , Yegor’s wife, is a poor serf of thirty years.. She tells him that along with other village women she has come as a labourer.. Also, in the story Chekov portrays him as an immoral man being involved in an extra-marital affair.. She is the wife of Yegor but he has abandoned her.. That’s what is shown in the short story.. Marriage was considered a security and survival for women of that time.. Readers may find it the image of society through this character.. Pelagea is a character who is shown as a seeker of love throughout the story.. Readers may find it a loveless marriage built on a false notion.. Despite this, his wife still loves him and wants him to return to the village.. Throughout the story, readers can find hunting as a symbol of running after a false concept of progress.. Due to this hunting, he considers himself superior over his wife.. Similarly, readers can also find Pelagea as an illiterate woman, who makes her living by working in fields.. On one hand, it shows her request for survival while on the other hand, it shows her love for him.


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